Dr Simon Finnigan

Senior Research Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine

Senior Research Fellow

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
finnigan@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 66015

Overview

I am primarily interested in advancing brain monitoring techniques, to provide new information which can guide clinical decision-making and ultimately, help deliver improved outcomes for critically ill patients (e.g., extremely premature babies; stroke patients)

I have been a member of UQ Centre for Clinical Research since 2010, when I returned to Australia to take up a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. Prior to then I was a Research Fellow at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and St James Hospital (Dublin). In addition to my UQCCR position I also currently hold a Research Fellow position within Metro North Hospital & Health Service (MNHHS). My primary field of expertise is clinical neuroscience: particularly using electroencephalography (EEG) - and also imaging methods, where relevant - to assess & monitor brain dysfunction in neurocritical or at-risk patients.

I currently collaborate with Prof Paul Colditz (Professor of Perinatal Medicine) and other Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital (RBWH) clinicians including Dr Andrew Wong (Director of Neurology & Stroke) and Prof Alison Mudge (Director of Research & Education, Internal Medicine), and various other collaborators. I have 20 years' research experience and am on the Editorial Board of 'Clinical Neurophysiology' (official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiologists). I've authored numerous papers published in high-quality international journals such as 'Stroke', 'Journal of Neuroscience' and 'Clinical Neurophysiology'.

Throughout my career I've worked productively on a range of multi-disciplinary clinical research projects, including R&D collaborations with pharmaceutical industry partners Roche (Switzerland) and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (UK), and medical technology industry partners Intel Digital Health (USA and Europe), BrainZ Instruments (Auckland) and Natus Medical (USA).

I'm highly motivated to continue to pursue translational research which can ultimately help improve patient outcomes and the quality of human lives in the face of brain damage or disease; and help deliver socio-economic benefits.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • PhD (Psychology), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Schleiger, E., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2016). Informing prognostication of post-stroke cognitive impairment: the accuracy of a pre-sischarge EEG marker. In: Asia Pacific Stroke Conference 2016, Brisbane, Australia, (149-149). July 14-17, 2016. doi:10.1159/000447732

  • Schleiger, E., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2015). Early screening for post-stroke cognitive deficits may be informed by degree of EEG alpha slowing. In: Special Issue: Stroke 2015, Combined 26th ASM of the Stroke Society of Australasia and 11th Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference SMART STROKES. SMART STROKES 2015 Conference, Melbourne, VIC Australia, (15-15). 2-4 September 2015. doi:10.1111/ijs.12584

  • Tucker, Kylie, Poortvliet, Peter, Scott, Dion, Sowman, Paul, Finnigan, Simon and Hodges, Paul (2014). Experimental Pain Differentially Affects Cortical Involvement In Force And Position Control Tasks. In: XII International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON-XII), Brisbane, QLD Australia, (). 25-27 July 2014. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2015.217.00338

  • Schleiger, E., Sheikh, N., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2014). Prognosticating post-stroke cognitive outcomes: Pre-discharge, frontal EEG markers are informative. In: Abstracts of the 25th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia. 25th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia, (20-20). 30 July-1 August 2014. doi:10.1111/ijs.12297

  • Schleiger, E., Sheikh, N., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2013). Pre-discharge EEG markers are informative of post-stroke cognitive outcomes. In: Special Issue : Stroke 2013 Conference: Poster Abstracts. 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australia, Darwin NT Australia, (21-21). 31 July-2 August 2013. doi:10.1111/ijs.12142

  • Schleiger, Emma, Sheikh, Nabeel, Rowland, Tennille, Wong, Andrew, Read, Stephen and Finnigan, Simon (2013). Prognosticating post-stroke cognitive deficits from pre-discharge EEG. In: Conference Abstracts: ACNS-2013 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference. ACNC 2013: The 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, (1-1). 28 November-1 December, 2013. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00128

  • Schleiger, E., Sheikh, N., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2013). Prognosticating post-stroke cognitive deficits from pre-discharge EEG. In: Smart Strokes 2013 Conference. Risk, Recovery & Reorganisation: 9th Australasian Nursing & Allied Health Stroke Conference Proceedings. Smart Strokes 2013: 9th Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (31-31). 22-23 August, 2013. doi:10.1111/ijs.12172_3

  • Sheikh, N., Wong, A., Read, S., Coulthard, A. and Finnigan, S. (2013). QEEG may uniquely inform and expedite decisions regarding reperfusion therapies in acute stroke. In: Special Issue : Stroke 2013 Conference: Poster Abstracts. 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australia, Darwin NT Australia, (42-43). 31 July-2 August 2013. doi:10.1111/ijs.12143

  • Roberts, James A., Iyer, Kartik K., Finnigan, Simon, Vanhatalo, Sampsa and Breakspear, Michael (2013). Scale-free dynamics in human neonatal cortex following perinatal hypoxia. In: Abstracts from the Twenty Second Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting: CNS*2013. CNS 2013: 22nd Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting, Paris, (P36.1-P36.2). 13-18 July 2013. doi:10.1186/1471-2202-14-S1-P36

  • Schleiger, E., Finnigan, S., Björkman, S. T., Miller, S. M., Sullivan, S. M., Ireland, Z. and Colditz, P. B. (2012). Investigating the efficacy of acute physiological measures to predict regional brain injury following neonatal hypoxia-ischemia. In: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Health Care Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 8-12 October 2012.

  • Sheikh, N., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2012). Subacute quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) correlates better with stroke outcome than the acute QEEG. In: Special issue: Abstracts of Stroke 2012 Conference. Stroke 2012 Conference - A combined event of the Stroke Society of Australasia 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting and the 8th Smart Strokes Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference, Sydney, Australia, (57-57). 29-31 August 2012.

  • Finnigan, S. P., O'Connell, R. G., Reilly, R. and Robertson, I. H. (2010). Electrophysiological indices of attentional decrements in mild cognitive impairment. In: Abstracts 3rd Annual Neuroscience Ireland Conference. 3rd Annual Neuroscience Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland, (S118-S118). 10 - 11 September 2009. doi:10.1007/s11845-010-0478-2

  • McLaren, L., Sobolewski, R., Setti, A., Finnigan, S., Reilly, R.B., Robertson, I.H. and Newell, F.N. (2010). The role of ageing on efficient audio-visual integration in the brain: an Eeg study. In: 3rd Annual Neuroscience Ireland Conference. 3rd Annual Neuroscience Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland, (S126-S126). 10-11 September, 2009. doi:10.1007/s11845-010-0478-2

  • Finnigan, S. P., O'Connell, R. G., Reilly, R. B. and Robertson, I. H. (2009). Electrophysiological indices of attentional decrements in mild cognitive impairment. In: Society for Psychophysiological Research Abstracts for the Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting. 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Berlin, Germany, (S74-S74). 21-24 October 2009.

  • Sobolewski, Rory, Reilly, Richard B., Finnigan, Simon, Dockree, Paul, O'Sullivan, Kate and Robertson, Ian H. (2009). Monitoring of cognitive processes in older persons. In: 2009 4th International Ieee/embs Conference On Neural Engineering. 4th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, Antalya, Turkey, (132-135). 29 April-2 May 2009. doi:10.1109/NER.2009.5109252

  • Broughton, Megan and Finnigan, Simon (2008). Event-related potentials associated with explicit word recognition are affected in healthy ageing. In: Abstracts: 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. ASP 2007: 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (157-157). 7-9 December 2007. doi:10.1177/155005940803900311

  • Cummins, Tarrant and Finnigan, Simon (2008). Theta power reductions under cognitive load in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. In: Journal of Clinical EEG & Neuroscience. Abstracts: 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. ASP 2007: 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (158-158). 7-9 December 2007. doi:10.1177/155005940803900311

  • Michie, P. T., Matthews, N. L., Todd, J., Budd, T. W., Cooper, G., Catts, S. and Finnigan, S. (2007). MMN evidence of a pervasive temporal processing deficit in schizophrenia. In: Abstracts of the 10th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research. 10th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, Savannah, GA, United States, (408-409). 2-6 April 2005. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbm004

  • Finnigan, Simon, Pandian, Jeyaraj D., Henderson, Robert, Rose, Stephen E. and Chalk, Jonathan B. (2007). Quantitative EEG may inform sub-acute stroke prognoses. In: Internal Medicine Journal: Abstracts of the annual meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia. Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting 2006, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (A20-A20). 11-13 October 2006. doi:10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01308.x

  • Matthews, Natasha, Todd, Juanita, Cooper, Gavin, Finnigan, Simon, Catts, Stan and Michie, Patricia T. (2006). Deficits in temporal cue dependent processing of auditory information in schizophrenia. In: Psychophysiology. Abstracts of the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Society for Psychophysiological Research 46th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (S64-S64). 25-29 October 2006. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2006.00445.x

  • Matthews, N. L., Todd, J., Cooper, G., Finnigan, S., Catts, S. and Michie, P. T. (2006). Temporal processing in schizophrenia - evidence for impairment across a range of time scales. In: Abstracts of the Australasian Schizophrenia Conference 2006 (ASC2006). 9th Australasian Schizophrenia Conference 2006 (ASC2006), Fremantle, Western Australia, (A116-A116). 21–23 August 2006. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1614.2006.01859_3.x

  • Chenery, Helen, Copland, David, Finnigan, Simon, Bretherton, Paul, Harris, Jill, Catts, Stanley and Humphreys, Michael (2005). Electrophysiologic measures of expectancy-based semantic priming in high and low schizotypy. In: Psychophysiology. Abstracts of Papers to be Presented at the Forty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Society for Psychophysiological Research 45th Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, (S11-S11). 20-25 September 2005. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2005.00325.x

  • Rose, Stephen, Janke, Andrew, Griffin, Mark, Finnigan, Simon and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Improved prediction of final infarct volume using bolus delay-corrected perfusion-weighted MRI: Implications for the ischemic penumbra. In: Internal Medicine Journal. Abstracts presented at the 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia. 2004 Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, Australia, (A4-A4). 13-15 October, 2004. doi:10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Finnigan, Simon, Rose, Stephen, Janke, Andrew and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Quantitative EEG changes rapidly following plasminogen activator administration in acute ischemic stroke: A case study. In: Internal Medicine Journal. Abstracts presented at the 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia. 2004 Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, Australia, (A12-A12). 13-15 October, 2004. doi:10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Rose, Stephen, Janke, Andrew, Finnigan, Simon, Read, Stephen and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Sodium MRI in acute stroke. In: Internal Medicine Journal. Abstracts presented at the 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia. 2004 Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, Australia, (A12-A12). 13-15 October, 2004. doi:10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Rose, S., Janke, A., Finnigan, S., Weber, E., Elder, E., McMahon, K. L., Galloway, G. J., Semple, J., Brown, J. and Chalk, Jonathan B. (2005). Sodium magnetic resonance imaging in acute stroke. In: Internal Medicine Journal. Proceedings of: 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia. 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, Hobart, TAS, Australia, (A12-A12). 13-15 October 2004. doi:10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Janke, Andrew, Sánchez-Bornot, José M., Rose, Stephen, Finnigan, Simon, Cuspineda-Bravo, Elena R., Aubert-Vázquez, Eduardo, Valdés-Sosa, Pedro A. and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Tomographic quantitative EEG mapping in acute stroke. In: Jeff Szer, Internal Medicine Journal. Abstracts presented at the 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia. The Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA) 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), Hobart, TAS, Australia, (A4-A4). 13-16 September 2004. doi:10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Finnigan, Simon, Rose, Stephen, Walsh, Michael, Griffin, Mark, Janke, Andrew, McMahon, Katie, Gillies, Rowan, Pettigrew, Catharine, Semple, James and Chalk, Jonathan B. (2004). Acute quantitative EEG correlates with 30 day outcome from ischemic cortical stroke. In: Internal Medicine Journal. Abstracts presented at the 2003 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society oif Australasia. 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (A2-A2). 17-19 September 2003. doi:10.1111/%28ISSN%291445-5994

  • Cuspineda-Bravo, Elena R., Sánchez-Bornot, José M., Valdés-Sosa, Pedro A., Aubert-Vázquez, Eduardo, Finnigan, Simon, Chalk, Jonathan, Rose, Stephen and Janke, Andrew (2004). Hyperacute stroke evolution mapped by individualized tomographic qEEG. In: NeuroImage. Proceedings of: Tenth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. HBM'04: 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Budapest, Hungary, (e2525-e2526). 13-17 June 2004,. doi:10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70020-3

  • de Zubicaray, Greig, Finnigan, Simon, McMahon, Katie, Eastburn, Matthew and Humphreys, Michael (2004). Word frequency and strength effects during episodic memory encoding: An event-related fMRI study. In: NeuroImage. Proceedings of: Tenth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. HBM'04: 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Budapest, Hungary, (e607-e607). 13-17 June 2004,. doi:10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70014-8

  • Finnigan, Simon, de Zubicaray, Greig, McMahon, Katie, Eastburn, Matthew and Humphreys, Michael (2003). An event-related fMRI study of the word frequency mirror effect in episodic memory. In: NeuroImage. Proceedings of: 9th International Conference on Functional Mapping of the Human Brain. HBM'03: Ninth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), New York, NY, U.S.A., (e281-e282). 19-22 June 2003. doi:10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70002-1

  • Finnigan, S., Humphreys, M. S., Dennis, S. and Geffen, G. M. (2000). Event-related potentials, episodic work recognition and memory trace strength manipulations. In: Robert J. Barry, International Journal of Psychophysiology: Abstracts of the 10th World Congress of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology (IOP). World Congress of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology, Sydney, Australia, (13-13). 8th - 13th February, 2000. doi:10.1016/S0167-8760(99)90001-6

  • Finnigan, S., Bird, L. J. and Colomb, R. M. (1999). Distributed searching across cultural resources using Z39.50 and SQL. In: MA Kennon, Proceedings of the Ninth Australasian Information Online & On Disc Conference and Exhibition. Information Online & On Disc 99, Sydney, (64-88). 19-21 January 1999.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision